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Nevada vs USC: Expect Another High-Scoring Outing from USC’s Offense

After some teams got their seasons out to an early start with Week 0 last weekend, the rest of the college football world will now kick off their seasons as well with Week 1. The USC Trojans were one of the few who played in the Week 0 tune-up, getting out to a hot start with a 56-28 romp over San Jose State. The Trojans will look to continue their hot start as they welcome Nevada to town, who are a massive underdog, according to college football lines, in its season opener.

Nevada Aims to Improve

The Wolf Pack will hope to get their defense off to a stronger start than they finished last season, though it will be a tall task against a USC offense that ranked in the top of the league last year.

Nevada was one of the worst defenses in the Mountain West a season ago, ranking in the bottom three in both total yards and points allowed giving up 395.2 total yards and 30.9 points a game.

Though the Wolf Pack’s pass rush should be solid with the return of linebacker Drue Watts, who finished with 55 total tackles and three sacks last season, their passing defense remains a concern, as it finished last in the conference allowing 229.2 passing yards a game and 17 total passing touchdowns last year.

Nevada returns a few players in the secondary while the transfer of safety Tre Weed from Eastern Washington may help, but it won’t get an easy entry into the 2023 season as it meets reigning Heisman winner and quarterback Caleb Williams.

Caleb Williams Doing Caleb Williams Things

The Trojans were one of the best offenses in the nation last season, and they appeared to pick up right where they left off in their Week 0 win over San Jose State.

USC finished last season ranked in the top three in total yards, passing yards and points, averaging 506.6 total yards, 335.4 passing yards and 41.4 points a game, and quarterback Caleb Williams was a key reason for that.

Williams finished last season with 4,537 passing yards and 42 touchdowns, and he got right back to work in the Trojans’ season opener. He threw for 278 yards and four touchdowns to lead them to a 56-28 victory, while USC finished with 501 total yards.

— USC Football ✌️ (@uscfb) August 27, 2023

The Trojans should get another ramp-up game when the Wolfpack come to town, and Williams should be a strong college football pick for another big day against their struggling secondary.

Nevada vs USC Game Information

  • Game: Nevada (0-0) vs. USC (1-0)
  • Location: Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles, CA
  • Day/Time: Saturday, Sept. 2, 6:30 p.m. ET
  • Nevada vs USC Live Stream: ESPN

Nevada vs USC Best Bet

Although some may be tempted to take USC to cover the 38-point spread from the sportsbook, the Trojans failed to cover their 31.5-point line in their first game against the Spartans, with their defense still appearing to be working out someissues. Instead, the better bet here is to take the over on the 67-point total. USC nearly reached that number on its own in its first game back, and though it’s again unlikely to eclipse the 60-point mark, Williams and the Trojan offense was humming in game one, and they should have no trouble moving the ball against Nevada either.

With USC’s defense also still figuring things out, particularly on the ground where it gave up 7.3 yards per rush, the Wolfpack should be able to find the end zone a time or two as well to combine to hit the over.

Pick: Over 67 points (-110)

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